Day 4: Explore Cape Spear and Petty Harbour

By Lauren Saunders
June 13, 2013

Beautiful Cape Spear, is the most easterly point in North America. Watch icebergs, seabirds, and whales from the shoreline, hike the East Coast Trail, and wander the ruins of the Second World War fortifications. The Cape Spear lighthouse is Newfoundand and Labrador’s oldest  surviving lighthouse and a National Historic Site of Canada. The lighthouse has been restored to its 1839 appearance and visitors are able to see what it would have been like for a lighthouse keeper and his family to live there in the mid 19th century. You can even learn more about the history of lighthouses and lightkeeping at the Visitor’s Centre (Bilingual guide service is available!).

Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

Explore World War II Fortifications

Hike The East Coast Trail

There’s nothing quite like witnessing the first sunrise in North America. A calm, serene, experience that you need to put on your bucket list. It may even make you a morning person. Watch this video below to get a taste what you can expect:

Petty Harbour

When you’re finished your tour of Cape Spear, visit the small, picturesque fishing village of Petty Harbour. It’s less than 10 minutes away. Wander around and take in the calm air of this hidden gem. Relax. Turn off your cell phone and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Petty Harbour

If you’d like to try something new, why not zipline through the fog? North Atlantic Ziplines gives the adventurous type the opportunity to sore high over the community. Sometimes you can even see whales jumping in the ocean below. I went ziplining with North Atlantic Ziplines last winter and I cannot wait to return to try it out in warmer temperatures. It’s a great experience. You feel like you’re flying.

Photo courtesy of North Atlantic Ziplines on Facebook

Wind down after your zipline experience, get your hands wet and learn about local marine life at the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium, holding their Grand Opening this Saturday, June 15 from 11am – 5pm. They have 30 exhibits and touch tanks – a fun activity for the whole family. For the grand opening celebration, they will have music, food, face painting, and more. Wait around to see the “kelp” cutting ceremony to declare the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium officially open.

A tour of Cape Spear and Petty Harbour is a great way to spend the day.